Maxwell Ratings: Playoffs are time of turbulence in computer rankings

The start of the state playoffs is traditionally a period of turbulence for the Maxwell Ratings.

That’s because many of the teams are playing regular-season schedules that are relatively isolated to their region. After the firsrt round, they are suddenly better connected with other teams in the state, leading to a more accurate picture.

Region 1-AAAAAA took a big hit, for one.

And Region 8 – which went 4-0 in round one – is suddenly elevated. Is that Archer at No. 25? In the all-class ratings?

All Classification

1. Norcross (97.78)

2. Grayson (91.79)

3. Camden County (89.37)

4. North Gwinnett (87.7)

5. South Gwinnett (84.74)

6. Sandy Creek (83.3)

7. Colquitt County (81.28)

8. Northside (Warner Robins) (81.23)

9. Lassiter (80.46)

10. East Paulding (80.24)

11. Parkview (79.92)

12. Lowndes (79.3)

13. Lovejoy (79.23)

14. West Forsyth (78.38)

15. M.L. King (78.32)

16. Mill Creek (77.32)

17. Calhoun (77.11)

18. Brookwood (76.78)

19. North Cobb (76.63)

20. McEachern (76.25)

21. Thomson (74.74)

22. Valdosta (74.37)

23. Burke County (73.94)

24. Marietta (73.37)

25. Archer (72.83)

Class AAAAAA

1. Norcross (97.78)

2. Grayson (91.79)

3. Camden County (89.37)

4. North Gwinnett (87.7)

5. South Gwinnett (84.74)

6. Colquitt County (81.28)

7. Lassiter (80.46)

8. Parkview (79.92)

9. Lowndes (79.3)

10. Lovejoy (79.23)

11. West Forsyth (78.38)

12. Mill Creek (77.32)

13. Brookwood (76.78)

14. North Cobb (76.63)

15. McEachern (76.25)

16. Valdosta (74.37)

17. Marietta (73.37)

18. Archer (72.83)

19. Johns Creek (72.53)

20. Milton (71.78)

21. Alpharetta (71.46)

22. Walton (71.32)

23. Central Gwinnett (71.25)

24. Collins Hill (70.45)

25. Coffee (69.16)

26. Chattahoochee (67.34)

27. Hillgrove (66.23)

28. Hughes (65.49)

29. Newnan (64.9)

30. Peachtree Ridge (63.41)

31. Wheeler (62.18)

32. South Cobb (60.02)

33. Brunswick (58.88)

34. Etowah (57.57)

35. Dacula (57.26)

36. Duluth (56.68)

37. Lambert (56.08)

38. Roswell (55.67)

39. East Coweta (55.06)

40. Woodstock (53.77)

41. Centennial (51.68)

42. Shiloh (51.66)

43. Harrison (51.59)

44. Tri-Cities (51.55)

45. Berkmar (49)

46. Tift County (48.88)

47. Kennesaw Mountain (48.5)

48. South Forsyth (47.83)

49. Douglas County (42.41)

50. Campbell (41.73)

51. Newton (41.72)

52. North Forsyth (41.59)

53. Cherokee (41.49)

54. Mountain View (39.55)

55. Westlake (34.49)

56. Alcovy (32.16)

57. Pebblebrook (30.9)

58. Habersham Central (24.13)

59. Rockdale County (23.74)

60. Luella (23.01)

61. Druid Hills (20.46)

62. Morrow (10.42)

63. Meadowcreek (8.2)

Class AAAAA

1. Northside (Warner Robins) (81.23)

2. East Paulding (80.24)

3. M.L. King (78.32)

4. Allatoona (71.66)

5. Kell (69.8)

6. Tucker (68.87)

7. Ware County (68.74)

8. Gainesville (67.52)

9. Thomas County Central (66.77)

10. Whitewater (66)

11. Stephenson (65.51)

12. Flowery Branch (65.17)

13. North Paulding (64.8)

14. Warner Robins (62.94)

15. Rome (61.36)

16. Glynn Academy (59.85)

17. Heritage (Conyers) (59.52)

18. Southwest DeKalb (58.49)

19. Creekview (57.62)

20. Clarke Central (57.54)

21. South Paulding (57.42)

22. Union Grove (57.02)

23. Mays (56.73)

24. Bainbridge (54.74)

25. Richmond Hill (54.29)

26. Miller Grove (53.98)

27. Creekside (53.31)

28. Lee County (51.7)

29. Hiram (51.63)

30. Pope (51.05)

31. Harris County (50.34)

32. Jones County (50.17)

33. Sequoyah (48.54)

34. Northgate (48.33)

35. Apalachee (48.18)

36. Arabia Mountain (45.97)

37. Villa Rica (45.32)

38. Riverwood (44.77)

39. Effingham County (44.77)

40. Loganville (43.92)

41. Lakeside (Evans) (43.05)

42. Drew (42.53)

43. Cedar Shoals (42.48)

44. Sprayberry (40.34)

45. Mundy’s Mill (39.88)

46. McIntosh (38.54)

47. Grovetown (38.14)

48. Jenkins (36.81)

49. Houston County (35.13)

50. Hardaway (34.6)

51. New Manchester (33.37)

52. Northview (33.27)

53. Starr’s Mill (33.25)

54. Woodland (Cartersville) (32.42)

55. Lithia Springs (31.51)

56. Winder-Barrow (31.42)

57. Salem (31.02)

58. Paulding County (30.78)

59. Greenbrier (30.62)

60. Ola (30.51)

61. Evans (30.2)

62. Dunwoody (26.47)

63. North Atlanta (25.12)

64. Lakeside (DeKalb) (25.07)

65. Bradwell Institute (23.44)

66. Forsyth Central (23.35)

67. Windsor Forest (21.06)

68. Osborne (19.65)

69. Northside (Columbus) (17.66)

70. Mount Zion (Jonesboro) (12.13)

71. Clarkston (8.75)

72. Groves (6.33)

73. Cambridge (3.23)

74. Forest Park (0.29)

75. North Springs (-15.45)

Class AAAA

1. Sandy Creek (83.3)

2. Burke County (73.94)

3. Marist (71.13)

4. Ridgeland (70.05)

5. Carrollton (68.71)

6. Stockbridge (63.25)

7. Griffin (61.72)

8. Monroe (60.71)

9. Cairo (60.51)

10. Westside (Macon) (58.11)

11. Jonesboro (56.46)

12. Carver (Atlanta) (55.88)

13. Grady (55.81)

14. Mary Persons (54.93)

15. Washington (54.11)

16. Dalton (53.58)

17. Wayne County (53.52)

18. Chamblee (52.61)

19. Westover (52.27)

20. Monroe Area (52.03)

21. LaGrange (51.48)

22. Riverdale (51.27)

23. Baldwin (50.85)

24. Statesboro (49.18)

25. Perry (48.94)

26. Cass (47.45)

27. Columbia (47.38)

28. Stephens County (47.22)

29. South Effingham (46.91)

30. Northwest Whitfield (46.79)

31. Gilmer (46.74)

32. River Ridge (46.68)

33. Shaw (46.03)

34. Dutchtown (45.68)

35. Chestatee (43.85)

36. Eastside (42.96)

37. Pickens (42.62)

38. Upson-Lee (41.51)

39. North Clayton (41.32)

40. Locust Grove (41.21)

41. West Laurens (41.08)

42. Veterans (40.57)

43. Cedartown (39.84)

44. Banneker (38.59)

45. Americus-Sumter (37.74)

46. Crisp County (37.01)

47. Troup (36.99)

48. Worth County (36.93)

49. Lithonia (36.45)

50. Liberty County (34.44)

51. Woodland (Stockbridge) (33.36)

52. South Atlanta (32.97)

53. Lanier (32.84)

54. Rutland (32.79)

55. Spalding (31.73)

56. Stone Mountain (31.14)

57. Eagle’s Landing (30.87)

58. Redan (30.36)

59. Albany (29.21)

60. Fayette County (27.77)

61. Richmond Academy (26.59)

62. Dougherty (25.81)

63. Johnson (Gainesville) (25.64)

64. Alexander (25.61)

65. Southeast Whitfield (23.32)

66. LaFayette (15.71)

67. Cross Creek (13.71)

68. Lumpkin County (11)

69. Therrell (10.83)

70. Glenn Hills (10.79)

71. Heritage (Catoosa) (7.86)

72. Madison County (6.03)

73. Walnut Grove (4.13)

74. Butler (1.46)

75. Columbus (1.19)

76. Howard (0.91)

77. Hephzibah (-11.68)

Class AAA

1. Thomson (74.74)

2. Washington County (70.3)

3. Carver (Columbus) (68.05)

4. Buford (65.46)

5. Cartersville (63.48)

6. Peach County (63.35)

7. St. Pius X (62.42)

8. North Oconee (57.87)

9. North Hall (56.6)

10. Blessed Trinity (55.6)

11. Callaway (53.5)

12. Woodward Academy (50.06)

13. Cedar Grove (50)

14. Morgan County (47.34)

15. Pierce County (45.77)

16. Gordon Central (44.58)

17. Appling County (44.23)

18. Jefferson County (43.4)

19. Hart County (42.95)

20. Elbert County (42.72)

21. Ringgold (41.99)

22. Jackson (41.56)

23. White County (40.92)

24. Pike County (40.36)

25. Dodge County (39.5)

26. Adairsville (38.8)

27. Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe (38.57)

28. Jackson County (37.49)

29. Rockmart (36.55)

30. Dawson County (35.59)

31. Swainsboro (34.64)

32. Decatur (33.3)

33. Chapel Hill (31.08)

34. North Murray (30.5)

35. Central (Carrollton) (30.1)

36. Johnson (Savannah) (29.4)

37. Tattnall County (28.14)

38. Jackson (Atlanta) (25.96)

39. Savannah (23.09)

40. Central (Macon) (22.98)

41. Oconee County (22.87)

42. McNair (21.7)

43. East Hall (21.03)

44. Southeast Bulloch (20.32)

45. Beach (19.89)

46. B.E.S.T Academy (18.56)

47. Southwest (18.38)

48. Haralson County (17.7)

49. Franklin County (16.8)

50. Henry County (14.77)

51. Sonoraville (13.48)

52. West Hall (12.54)

53. Coahulla Creek (10.87)

54. Fannin County (7.75)

55. Banks County (7.13)

56. Douglass (7.03)

57. Brantley County (2.1)

58. East Jackson (-3.93)

59. Towers (-7.4)

60. Cross Keys (-39.75)

Class AA

1. Calhoun (77.11)

2. Brooks County (71.23)

3. Vidalia (60.42)

4. Fitzgerald (58.89)

5. Jefferson (58.46)

6. Lamar County (58.21)

7. Lovett (57.02)

8. Washington-Wilkes (56.57)

9. McIntosh County Academy (54.06)

10. Heard County (53.52)

11. Greater Atlanta Christian (53.28)

12. Early County (52.48)

13. Cook (50.07)

14. Benedictine (49.46)

15. Screven County (46.84)

16. Westminster (46.76)

17. Bleckley County (45.34)

18. Toombs County (44.36)

19. Northeast (41.68)

20. Bacon County (41.33)

21. Laney (40.44)

22. Thomasville (39.43)

23. Manchester (38.07)

24. Long County (35.23)

25. East Laurens (35)

26. Wesleyan (34.93)

27. Bowdon (34.74)

28. Macon County (32.58)

29. Bryan County (30.02)

30. Pepperell (27.88)

31. Kendrick (23.93)

32. Bremen (23.84)

33. Taylor County (22.52)

34. Putnam County (19.2)

35. Model (18.97)

36. Metter (18.9)

37. Berrien (18.07)

38. Rabun County (17.15)

39. Jeff Davis (17.03)

40. Coosa (13.64)

41. Westside (Augusta) (13.17)

42. Spencer (12.34)

43. Greene County (12.27)

44. Union County (10.8)

45. Pelham (10.74)

46. Dade County (8.56)

47. Dublin (7.66)

48. Oglethorpe County (7.18)

49. Chattahoochee County (6.98)

50. Hapeville (5.4)

51. Temple (2.83)

52. Armuchee (2.81)

53. Atkinson County (2.6)

54. Monticello (2.06)

55. Josey (-0.66)

56. Harlem (-0.96)

57. Chattooga (-1.32)

58. Riverside Military (-1.74)

59. Crawford County (-8.01)

60. Jordan (-11.19)

61. Social Circle (-18.23)

62. Murray County (-23.74)

Class A (public)

1. Emanuel County Institute (56.21)

2. Lincoln County (55.89)

3. Wilkinson County (52.19)

4. Wilcox County (51.36)

5. Irwin County (46.77)

6. Dooly County (41.03)

7. Seminole County (37.32)

8. Turner County (36.26)

9. Marion County (34.77)

10. Charlton County (33.49)

11. Clinch County (32.36)

12. Claxton (31.92)

13. Trion (31.75)

14. Jenkins County (31.36)

15. Johnson County (31.28)

16. Hancock Central (30.41)

17. Telfair County (29.44)

18. Miller County (28.86)

19. Mount Zion (Carroll) (27.08)

20. Greenville (26.36)

21. Mitchell County (26)

22. Gordon Lee (24.93)

23. Hawkinsville (24.29)

24. Treutlen (22.52)

25. Commerce (22.31)

26. Twiggs County (18.75)

27. Terrell County (16.6)

28. Georgia Military College (14.16)

29. Lanier County (10.62)

30. Schley County (9.08)

31. Randolph-Clay (8.71)

32. Warren County (7.86)

33. Portal (7.14)

34. Wheeler County (2.07)

35. Glascock County (1.8)

36. Calhoun County (-2.26)

37. Central (Talbotton) (-8.87)

38. Towns County (-9.17)

39. Baconton (-10.12)

40. Rabun Gap (-10.16)

41. Stewart County (-13.48)

42. Montgomery County (-15.65)

Class A (private)

1. Eagle’s Landing Christian (63.75)

2. Athens Academy (49.41)

3. Aquinas (49.38)

4. Calvary Day (47.94)

5. Prince Avenue Christian (43.71)

6. Landmark Christian (43.29)

7. Savannah Christian (42.92)

8. Walker (42.67)

9. George Walton Academy (40.56)

10. First Presbyterian (40.14)

11. Darlington (38.16)

12. Brookstone (37.68)

13. Our Lady of Mercy (35.25)

14. Holy Innocents (34.34)

15. Athens Christian (27.61)

16. Whitefield Academy (27.29)

17. Pinecrest Academy (26.74)

18. King’s Ridge (25.5)

19. Mount Paran Christian (25.2)

20. Mount Pisgah Christian (24.98)

21. Pace Academy (22.94)

22. Christian Heritage (18.2)

23. Savannah Country Day (16.38)

24. Lakeview Academy (13.54)

25. Strong Rock Christian (7.01)

26. Pacelli (5.23)

27. Mount Vernon (-3.5)

28. Fellowship Christian (-3.91)

29. St. Francis (-8.84)

30. Southwest Atlanta Christian (-18.88)

31. Hebron Christian Academy (-20.06)

32. North Cobb Christian (-22.96)

33. Providence Christian (-28.42)

31 comments Add your comment

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
11:34 am

I stopped complaining about the rankings some time ago but to still be behind teams that are out of it is crazy. Do not try to explain this one. No need. No respect. Waiting to see what Lovejoy does so I will be able to say “I Told You So”, which is being brought on by the author.

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
11:35 am

What kind of computer is it anyway that would still have included those out of contention ?

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
11:37 am

ACCURATE, Bologna

Fred

November 20th, 2012
11:45 am

Win this week and I bet you jump those teams. The computer rankings probably don’t factor in the future – you keep playing and those that lost don’t. All it is doing is looking at year to date results. The strength of schedule probably comes more into play now that there is something to compare the various regions against. We’ve both got tough games coming up this weekend. Good luck!

Jammer

November 20th, 2012
12:23 pm

Fred, at this point in the season is there any such thing as an easy game. North, South, East or West, the game your team plays this week needs to be looked at as the toughest you have played all season. You are 1 of 16 left in the state.
Good Luck to all and Safe travels

Graydog

November 20th, 2012
12:26 pm

I think the most important thing right now is keeping your team focused on this week’s game. It is strictly a one game at a time season from here on. Else, you will watch a team having a good game beat a better team. That is exciting, however ,it is not a true measure.I know this is not a popular statement in some cliches, but, I don’t want to lose on a dirty hit, a suspiscious official’s call, or, questionable tactics by a coach.
I also don’t want to have my team win a championship by employeeing that type of behavior.I want to see an absolute dogfight of a game and ,win or lose,I want to see my team treat their opponent with an unrivaled dignity and respect.I think that is what champions are made of.

THE "CANNON RULES"!!

November 20th, 2012
1:19 pm

@ Graydog…

GREAT POST! EAST is a PERFECT example of that as they played last weeks ROUND 1 game vs. a 5/5 CLARKE CENTRAL team very cavalier, I don’t want to say they were looking ahead BUT CLARKE CENTRAL was a team that COULD have won the game and they kept it way too close till the end!

I agree with you also on the officials, at this time of the year the G.H.S.A. should be making sure they have the best they can put on these fields so both teams get a fair shake.

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!! UNBEATEN!!…UNDEFEATED!!!…11 / 0!!!
2012 REGION 5 AAAAA CHAMPIONS!…ON TO ROUND 2
STEPHENSON “JAGS” in “THE BONEYARD”!!!
and then THE 2012 “ON TO THE DOME” CONTINUES!!!!

The Cross

November 20th, 2012
3:21 pm

sportsnut-This model is built upon year to date results…wins/losses/scores and whom your opponents have beaten. Lovejoy is penalized for it’s weak region and it’s one loss.

The model is a great indicator of future results. Loren Maxwell is a genius. I bet you wouldn’t be critical of the rankings if Lovejoy was ranked higher. Where do you think they rank in AAAAAA?

The Cross

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
5:34 pm

@ The Cross == First to answer your question. I would have Lovejoy no lower than 3rd., behind Norcross and Camden. For the other part of your post, I am talking about being behind teams that have lost and this was known at the time of the publication of this blog. How can Lovejoy be behind Lassiter and Lowndes and they are out of the competition. That is my arguement.

The Cross

November 20th, 2012
6:28 pm

sportsnut-Loren can probably clarify, but I believe that these rankings are taken like a snapshot after last weeks games and given that Lassiter and Lowndes played and lost they dropped but are still mathematically better than Lovejoy. I believe if Lovejoy continues to win and beats higher ranked teams they will move up past Lowndes and Lassiter.

The Cross

Loren Maxwell

November 20th, 2012
7:42 pm

@sportsnut: “How can Lovejoy be behind Lassiter and Lowndes and they are out of the competition. That is my arguement.”

The ratings are based on the entire season. Using the logic you’ve put forth we’d have to say 5-6 East Coweta is better than Lowndes and Lassiter because they beat 5-6 Newton in the first round, but I’m not sure you’re really saying that.

The Cross is right. Lovejoy has the opportunity to advance with a good showing in the playoffs.

YELLERJACKETZ1

November 20th, 2012
8:16 pm

I THINK YOUR COMPUTER HAS HAD SOME QUELUDES STASHED AWAY AND TOOK SOME RECENTLY. IF IT IS THAT FAR OFF BASE TELL IT TO SHARE SOME OF THOSE LUDES SO WE CAN ALL UNDERSTAND!!!

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
11:14 pm

What I am saying is that a team that no longer matters in the equation is being considered above a team that is still in the equation.. Simple math. Remove that or those teams and the whole picture changes, right or wrong ?

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
11:17 pm

With those teams gone and no longer have an impact on the outcome, it stands to reason that the dynamic changes. The numbers change therefor the outcome will be slightly different.

itsonlywrite

November 20th, 2012
11:45 pm

@THE “CANNON RULES”!! YEP!!! good point…same thing with SWD hanging with Kell and Heritage hanging with Allatoona…

RamFan

November 21st, 2012
7:20 am

@ Sportsnut — Grayson is and should be ranked higher than Lovejoy due to their schedule and their region whether it is the people voting or Loren’s computer ranking the teams. Region 8 has all 4 teams in the playoffs still and Grayson DOMINATED, S. Gwinnett and Brookwood, but had a brainfart against Parkview. Therefor Grayson’s strength of schedule does and should put them over Lovejoy. Both Grayson and Lovejoy have really tough games this week. Good luck and hope to see you next week in the Quarters!!

sportsnut

November 21st, 2012
8:17 am

@ RanFan == That is not my point. Read my post and the comment on what I said. 11;14 and 11;17 on Nov. 20th. Schools that are no longer in it should not figure into any rating this time of year that determines position for the remaining teams. Do this at the end of the year using those same criteria. Those teams that are out are taking away possible points for those still playing. If the computer takes into account s.o.s., opponents s.o.s., w-l record, soring differential or what ever, you dilute the clear picture because you have a variable that does not exist yet the formula takes their numbers into account.

WarEagle

November 21st, 2012
8:22 am

@sportsnut will only agree with rankings that shine a positive light on Lovejoy relative to other teams. Rather than looking for an objective standard, he wants to cherry pick games and data to move Lovejoy up the charts. Every week, same thing. Gets old.

sportsnut

November 21st, 2012
9:43 am

@ WarEagle == I have not said a word about rankings in quite some time. You should keep you comments to yourself and be objective in your own mind. This has nothing to do with Lovejoy. It is all about the rating formula. Lovejoy is not the only one I am saying this for. Brookwood, Marietta, Mill Creek, North Cobb, Parkview and West Forsyth have teams in front of them also that are no longer in it. Not everything has to do with Lovejoy. Some things are general in nature. Why would you come here to pick on me ? Sounds like you are still hung up on 2011. You had no faith in Lovejoy then and now it continues. Yes, I do remember all your talk from last season about how our season would end each week in the playoff’s. I forgive you. Lovejoy believes in itself. They need not your support. Just as I did then, I will do now and say they are here and will come to play with all hands on deck. They once again have the best D in the state and will show it on the field. That same team is here and they want to go back to the Dome and hopefully “Win The Last One”, this years motto. Hope Marist does well in the playoffs.

sportsnut

November 21st, 2012
9:59 am

@ WarEagle == Hows life down there ? Lithonia, Redan, Therrell and it’s 29 players ? Enjoy beating up on them

WarEagle

November 21st, 2012
10:00 am

Every week, same thing. Yawn. But good luck to the Lovejoy players and coaches — good team.

WarEagle

November 21st, 2012
10:11 am

Region 2AAAAAA is really impressive!

sportsnut

November 21st, 2012
11:24 am

Region 2 6A will be impressive if Lovejoy can win the title. It will or we will then give the rest of the Region credit for preparing us.

BullDawgRick

November 21st, 2012
11:25 am

Thank goodness this now means NOTHING!!! As the real, true rankings will be decided on the gridiron!!

(Kinda nice to see 4 of the top 5 from ……. Well, we all know the best football playing county….)

Loren Maxwell

November 22nd, 2012
4:08 pm

@sportsnut: “It is all about the rating formula. Lovejoy is not the only one I am saying this for. Brookwood, Marietta, Mill Creek, North Cobb, Parkview and West Forsyth have teams in front of them also that are no longer in it.”

Again, why not advocate for East Coweta to be ranked above Lassiter and Lowndes? I have to believe you can recognize that winning a first round game doesn’t elevate a team above all the teams that lost in the first round.

In essense, you either believe that Lassiter and Lowndes are better than East Coweta based on total season performance or that East Coweta is better than Lassiter and Lowndes based on beating Newton in the first round while Lassiter and Lowndes lost to Brookwood and Marietta, respectively.

If you’re looking an objective listing like that, then just look at the tournament brackets and you will see everything laid out exactly according to the logic you’re advocating. If you’re looking for an objective listing based on season to date performance, then this is the correct list.

sportsnut

November 22nd, 2012
9:46 pm

@ Loren == At this point, East is still alive and they are not. That is fact. If somehow East wins and makes it to the final and wins. Do they not become #1 ? Do they not belong in the top 10 if they lose ?

Loren Maxwell

November 22nd, 2012
10:28 pm

@sportsnut: “If somehow East wins and makes it to the final and wins. Do they not become #1 ?”

Obviously they would be crowned state champions, but no, they would not necessarily be the best team in the state.

Perhaps it’s just not clear what these ratings represent. Mathematically, this is the best set of ratings that explain the scores and schedules of the season to date. The entire set of 412 teams are where they are because there is no better mathematical solution to better explain the season’s results.

If you’re looking for a more subjective take on the season, then the polls are better suited. If you’re looking for a list of teams that still have a shot to be crowned state champion, then the GHSA brackets are what you need.

But again, if you’re looking for an objective listing based on season to date performance, then this is the correct list.

Fred

November 23rd, 2012
12:45 am

@sportsnut and @Loren – I may be looking at this the wrong way but to me, these ratings are by necessity rearward looking and all inclusive. As such, last week’s game are but 1/11th of the total body of work. These are not rankings nor are they standings. They are a rating of the entire year’s worth of effort. As the playoffs continue, the team that lost in the 1st round should move down the list as their entire year’s performance will become less than that of the teams that continue. It seems to me that perhaps sportsnut is not allowing for the lag to allow those teams still playing to move ahead.

Loren Maxwell

November 23rd, 2012
7:28 am

@Fred: “these ratings are by necessity rearward looking and all inclusive.”

That’s exactly correct. I would also offer that these ratings are but one perspective on the season. Standings, polls, brackets, etc., all give a different view and offer insight.

A couple of notes on the details you mentioned:

“last week’s game are but 1/11th of the total body of work.”

In principle, yes, but in reality, not necessarily. Under this system more recent games are weighed more heavily and games between closely rated opponents are weighed more heavily. However, you are correct in that last week’s games represent only a certain fraction of the season and the ratings reflect the entirety of the season.

“As the playoffs continue, the team that lost in the 1st round should move down the list as their entire year’s performance will become less than that of the teams that continue.”

Not necessarily. The way I understand your post is that the ratings are cumulative in some way, however in most years some of the strongest teams are upset or just beaten by another highly ranked team early in the playoffs.

sportsnut

November 23rd, 2012
9:54 am

Given that reasoning, the rating should change weekly at this point in the season. When will we see the next rating ? What we see now seem’s to be as if those schools are still alive. This is week 2 of the playoffs and these ratings are what they were before the first round or close to it. Their entire year is done. If East won, they would be crowned champion but not the best team, according to this rating . Winning the title should signal the best team in the state, regardless of the record of the winner. Case in point. In 2011, Lovejoy played for the title against Tucker but were relegated to 3rd place rather than 2nd. NSWR was ranked # 2 instead of Lovejoy because of what. Did those responsible feel that NSWR was better than Lovejoy ? If they were, they would have made it to the title game and played for the crown. Evidently, they were not # 2, they did not play for the crown. To make my point futher, Lovejoy started this season with the # 7 ranking. Many teams have lost, fallen out of the rankings and come back into them and Lovejoy has not moved. Teams jumped them, moved around them and this does not make sense to me. They did not lose.They blew away the competition just as the other top programs did and are not rewarded, while others fall out of the poll and somehow make their way back in and eclipse other’s standing. Scheduling may be taken into account but then you would have to look at the schedule’s of the other top teams. Colquit is the only team that can make a claim for a tough schedule, as far as the top programs are concerned. No bother though, we will have an opportunity to make things right by simply winning. Thanks for the info though. Hope you guy’s had a nice Thanksgiving and now it is time for Round 2 to shake out a little more. Good luck to all tonight and safe travels for those that have to.

Fred

November 23rd, 2012
10:32 am

North Gwinnett fans – If you are coming to the game tonight, there is a new entrance to Grayson that is much easier to get in and out of. Continue down 20/Grayson Hwy past Hope Hollow where you used to turn to get to the school. The very next light is the new entrance to the school. The light may be flashing as it is programed to only cycle during the start and end of the school day. The Gwinnett Sheriffs will have it operating after the game for sure.

Also, once you are in the parking lot, if you go to the left around the school, there is a back entrance to the stadium that generally is not as crowded as the main ticket gate. The main gate will be crowded since school was out this week and there weren’t very many advance ticket sales.

Safe travels and see you at the game!